The agency of family planning in Indonesia is expected to be 400 000 births additional.
July 4, 2020 21h14
Indonesia: when the COVID is fear… a baby-boom
JAKARTA — With her husband unemployed due to the pandemic, the last thing that Juarsih wanted was to wait for a third child. But she fell pregnant in the midst a health crisis such as many in Indonesia and the country is preparing for a baby boom caused by the pandemic.
The agency of family planning in Indonesia, which has the fourth largest population in the world, expects to have 400, 000 births in additional to the fact of the containment measures that have restricted access to contraception.
Juarsih, an Indonesian of 41 years, is coming to the end of its contraceptives at the time when the hospitals were overwhelmed by patients for the coronavirus, and where the clinics were closing down or cutting back their schedules.
The mother of two teenagers has now scared to go and get a check-up for her pregnancy at a hospital in Bandung, on the island of Java.
“I was in shock when I realized that I was pregnant,” she said.